|More intimidating than others for sure but all loose dogs should be given the same attention. This dog appears alert but is not displaying signs of aggression. Source.|
Naturally this kind of shit upsets me. Here I am trying to get my run on in a deserted place and now I have my own hound and a pitbull to manage. Ignoring the situation is the dumbest thing to do. If you become the attention of a loose dog that can fuck you up, you better give your full attention to that animal. Keep running and the dogs prey drive will take over and he may come and bite/maul you. Blame the dog all you want, but by running cowardice is exhibited, prey behavior mimicked and an action the dog may have not taken elicited. Fact: Humans cannot out sprint dogs that can eat you, not even Olympic sprinters.
So now that you have given the dog your attention and come to a
stop, stand your ground, face the dog and confidently tell him no every time he
advances. If you are part of the pace
crazed disposable income music loving crowd you will also feel a need to stop your
Garmin and remove your ear buds in order to give your full attention. Yours truly doesn’t run with music as it
degrades my situational awareness but I am guilty of stopping my watch. If the dog attempts to flank and get around
you turn and always face the animal.
|Rabbits run from dogs because they are food. You should not because you are a human, master of the dog. You are on the top of the food chain, embrace it. Source|
|A buffalo standing his ground. This is a shame because I would have liked to eat him. Hopefully this never happens to you. Source.|
|A Dalmatian showing aggression. Lefty has a scar on his nose from a loose Dalmatian that got a hand jammed down his throat, flipped over, and a knee on his ribs until he cried uncle and ran away with his tail between his legs. Source.|
|Defensive tools a runner might opt to carry but are not limited to include kinetic action devices, blades, bear mace, and Tasers. Bare hands are sufficient for some. The AR10 chaffed and cut into my 5k time so I do without these days.|
|A tail wagging friendly working dog.|
Maybe the dog is playful and curious, maybe not but you will have to be the judge of that matter and decide what course of action to take. If attacked, as a biped you can stomp and kick. If you prefer a more personal touch you might want to control the neck, flip the dog by it limbs or tail, knee on stomach, choke, etc... Stay on your feet and use your weight and long limbs to your advantage. Take away the dogs footing/balance and he becomes much easier to manage. This is all easier said than done but it is better to go down fighting than cowering. Most dogs will give up when engaged. Yes you may get bit but that is better than being mauled.
Nothing is more pathetic than people without enough sense to look after their own well being or defend themselves when attacked. A cell phone does not qualify as proper mitigation. After you place a call it only offers the possibility that someone will come to look for your body or send an ambulance after the fact. The immediate situation remains. Anyone can stand up for themselves. A 100lb woman outweighs most dogs and has all the tools needed to dominate all but the most vicious of these animals as a human.
In the few years I have had Lefty I have lost count of all the
loose dogs we have come across. Dogs are
social and attract other dogs. I imagine
in a different time and place I could have easily grown my pack, as almost all
of these dogs were very curious and friendly.
This was my third run in with this pit bull this month and his owner
tends to be 1-3 minutes behind. In two
instances his owner eventually grabbed him and in one he left after a few
minutes of being told no. He seems friendly
enough but Lefty is not, especially when in a leashed vs. unleashed
situation. I always take Lefty’s side in
these matters and hold a 2-0 record in dog encounters turned violent. A loose dog is just as liable to get his ass
beat as it is to attack someone.
|A human capable of defending herself and her yip yap dog.|
|I hope to never be on the business end of this|